Wenger admits Arsenal weren’t “subtle” over Suarez transfer saga
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits his side wasn’t “subtle” in their pursuit for Luis Suarez during the summer transfer window. However, the Frenchman insists the attempts to signing in the coveted Uruguayan striker were not made with intentions of angering Liverpool.
The Emirates boss placed a 40,000,001 pound bid as a last ditch effort to bring in Suarez, but Liverpool dug in their heels to keep Suarez at Anfield and in the process risking keeping a disgruntled player.
Revealing the reason behind Arsenal peculiar attempt at signing the Uruguay international Wenger said that Arsenal thought Suarez’s release clause was set at 40,000,000 pounds. Liverpool later conceded that Arsenal were gravely mistaken and they would never sell Suarez to Arsenal.
Ahead of the mouthwatering clash between Arsenal and Liverpool, top two teams on the Premier League table, Wenger insists there is no bad blood between the two clubs as both teams are going on fine with their campaigns and targets.
“It was not the most subtle thing we have done, but it was not meant to be provocative at all. It could be interpreted like that, but it was not our purpose,” Wenger said. “It was one of the transfers that did not work and in every club you have two or three, but there is no need afterwards to speak about it.
“Suarez is a professional, he plays there, he is paid by Liverpool, and that is it.”
A huge rift between Arsenal and Liverpool was reported after the Suarez transfer saga. Officials from both clubs criticized each other for their approach towards the whole matter. Wenger insists the Suarez transfer saga is now water under the bridge.
“Relations (with Liverpool) are good. We kept in touch over that period,” Wenger said. “Life is about opportunities that you miss, some that you take.
“You can only make life with your own qualities. We have a squad that is good enough to beat Liverpool and that is what we want to show and focus on.”
Wenger refused to reveal whether Arsenal will place any further bids for Suarez in the future. Reportedly, Wenger will attempt to bring in a top notch striker during the upcoming January transfer window.